Best Air Fryer 2018 – Buyers Guide

Air fryers are a much healthier option than deep fat fryers, especially for those people who are concerned about the impact of using a lot of oil in their cooking.

They also take a lot less time to cook food and preheat than conventional ovens, saving you time in the long run.

As with most appliances, there are a lot on the market, but to help you choose which is best for your needs we have reviewed the best selection:

The Best Air Fryers – Our Top Picks

Best Overall: Tefal ActiFry GH840B40
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Tefal ActiFry GH840B40
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  • Capacity: 1.2kg
  • Dimensions: H23.8 x W31 x D44
  • Power: 1400W
Best Premium: Philips HD9643/11
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Philips HD9643/11 Advance Collection
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  • Capacity: 0.8kg
  • Dimensions: H28cm x W26.6cm x D36.5 cm
  • Power: 1425W
Best Value: Breville VDF105
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Breville VDF105 Halo+ and Health Fryer
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  • Capacity: 1.25kg
  • Dimensions: H31 x W32 x D39.8 cm
  • Power: 1300W

Best Air Fryers 2018

Tefal ActiFry GH840B40

Referred to by many as the King of air fryers, this Tefal model is the latest in a whole host of ActiFry’s.

One thing which puts it ahead of its competitors is the use of a paddle, which rotates food without the need to do any shaking of the basket yourself.

Even though the design is not as sleek and modern as the other fryers reviewed, it does allow for a viewing window which is incredibly useful to prevent you having to pull out the fryer drawer constantly.

This allows you to check on the progress of your stews, casseroles, stir-fry or dessert with ease. There is also a safety locking lid, so you can rest easy that it won’t cause any harm to your household.

Don’t be worried about it being too complicated to use; with only two buttons, the ActiFry will do all of the work for you. It beeps when ready, so you can leave it to do its job.

 

We like

  • Viewing window
  • Small in size
  • Funky design
  • Available in Black, White and Grey

We disike

  • Other fryers will look better on your countertop

Final Verdict

With easy cleaning and operation, this will be the perfect appliance for any hectic house.

+ Specifications

  • Capacity: 1.2kg
  • Dimensions: H23.8 x W31 x D44
  • Power: 1400W

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Download Tefal ActiFry GH840B40 Manual

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Philips HD9643/11 Advance Collection

Allowing you to enjoy perfectly cooked food with the addition of little or no oil, this Philips model is perfect for any household conscious about the health impact of fried food cooked the conventional way.

Thanks to the Turbostar technology, all food in the basket is constantly exposed to the hot circulating air. Even when food is piled up, there is no need to continually remove the basket and shake the contents, which is a downside of so many other air fryers.

Hot air from above will also aid the crisping process of your food while making sure it stays perfect on the inside. Just choose one of the four pre-set modes, which are perfect for frozen chips, meat, fish and drumsticks.

The QuickClean basket includes a removable non-stick mesh, and the drawer and basket are dishwasher safe. The Philips Actifry app contains over 200 fabulous recipes to give you some dinnertime inspiration.

 

We like

  • Really quick cooking times
  • Contemporary design

We disike

  • Limited pre-set modes
  • Low Capacity

Final Verdict

One of the most expensive options available, but it will last for years even with daily use

+ Specifications

  • Capacity: 0.8kg
  • Dimensions: H28cm x W26.6cm x D36.5 cm
  • Power: 1425W

+ Downloads

Download Philips HD9643/11 Advance Collection User Manual here.

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Breville VDF105 Halo+ and Health Fryer

Using only half a teaspoon of oil for 1kg of chips, preparing your dinner has never been easier or healthier.

You can also grill, sauté, bake and cook almost anything, making this Breville model the perfect addition to your kitchen to prepare nutritious meals for all the family.

For those conscious about family protection, there is a safety cut out feature. Cooking time is fully adjustable depending on your needs or how well done you like your food.

The rack which is included for grilling is dishwasher safe, and there is also a handy oil, potato and cooking duration guide included in the user manual – meaning less stress for you both before and after your chips are ready.

There is also a brilliant recipe guide, which includes details on how to make cupcakes, stuffed mushrooms, burgers and curries.

 

We like

  • Free recipe guide
  • Really easy controls

We disike

  • Can struggle frying chips completely evenly

Final Verdict

A brilliant product which the handler can use for so much more than just cooking your fries.

+ Specifications

  • Capacity: 1.25kg
  • Dimensions: H31 x W32 x D39.8 cm
  • Power: 1300W

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Download Breville VDF105 User Manual

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Power Air Fryer 5 Litre Digital

With a temperature range between 80°C to 200°C, this is one of the most adaptable air fryers on the market. It also has a massive 5-litre capacity, so it really is the best for a large family too.

Making it easy to enjoy fast food without the guilt, the Power Air Fryer uses super-hot cyclonic air technology to cook your food, meaning very little oil is required.

You can also grill, bake, sauté and roast, so there is no need to debate as to whether you would get a lot of use out of it. Food can be ready up to 70% faster than with using conventional methods, and without the hassle of preheating any ovens too.

Simply add your food to the non-stick basket, slot it into the unit and choose one of seven pre-programmed settings to get going. There is also the flexibility to adjust settings manually. A digital control panel offers complete precision.

 

We like

  • Temperature range
  • Quick cooking
  • Large LED display
  • Variety of colours

We disike

  • Basket can be difficult to slot in the first few times

Final Verdict

For the price, this is an incredible bit of kit which will become your best kitchen friend

+ Specifications

  • Capacity: 5L
  • Dimensions: H39.6, W35.3, D35.3cm
  • Power: 1700W

+ Downloads

Download Power Air Fryer 5 Litre Digital User Manual Here.

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Tower T17024 Digital Air Fryer

With a 4.3L capacity pot and 3.2L capacity basket, you can cook food which is not only healthy but without breaking the bank, as this model is a great budget buy.

The temperature ranges from 80 to 200°C, which is usually only found in higher-priced models. All you need to do is make sure you regularly shake the contents of the basket during cooking, and your food will come out evenly cooked.

It is also more economical than a traditional oven, requiring no preheating and cooking food much quicker.

The only downside is that the on/off button is also the start button; once the time is all set it can be easy to hold the start button for too long, meaning the appliance turns off and all settings are lost.

We like

  • Great price
  • Sleek Design

We disike

  • Takes a bit of practice to get the timings right

Final Verdict

For the price and technology, this would be a great product in any kitchen, not just those starting out on the air frying method.

+ Specifications

  • Capacity: 4.3L
  • Dimensions: H35 x W28.7 x D32.6 cm
  • Power: 1500W

+ Downloads

Download Tower T17024 Digital Air Fryer Manual

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Tefal FX100040 Fry Delight Low Fat Fryer

Air Pulse Technology means that this fryer uses upper heating technology and a fan to circulate hot air around your food at a very high speed. This air, which reaches up to 200°C, cooks food thoroughly and evenly.

With the addition of little or no oil to the process, this air fryer really does earn the ‘Low Fat’ tagline. The drawer also pulls out rather than having to lift any lids, so the fryer is easy to access and also safe, and the basket can be shaken for even cooking.

You aren’t just limited to chips and other fried foods; side dishes, puddings, fish and sauces.

The temperature is easy to control and can range from 150°C to the maximum. It is another great all-rounder and can cook everything from chips to steaks to fish.

 

We like

  • Technology to make it healthy
  • Good set up

We disike

  • Mechanical timer (would be better if digital)

Final Verdict

A product with a great price tag

+ Specifications

  • Capacity: 0.8kg
  • Dimensions: H31.5cm x W28.2cm x D37cm
  • Power: 1450W

+ Downloads

Download Tefal FX100040 Fry Delight Low Fat Fryer User Manual

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Air Fryer Buying Guide

Oil Usage

Some air fryers require less oil than others. Generally, this depends on what you are cooking; frozen chips usually require no oil, but chicken and other foods may require anywhere between half and one teaspoon.

Capacity

Think about how many people you will be frequently cooking for when using your air fryer. Ones of around 1L may be suitable for a couple, but small families could require anything from 3L upwards.

This also depends on what you’d be making – chips could take up a lot less room than meats, casseroles and puddings.

FAQs

What is a ‘health’ air fryer?

These tend to use a lot less oil than traditional air fryers, as they have more power to push the hot air around the cooking chamber.

Do I need a model with a paddle to rotate my food?

Not necessarily. They are a handy extra which means you don’t have to monitor your food too much to ensure even cooking, but most air fryer cooking baskets are easily removed and can be manually shaken.

Who makes the best air fryers?

Tefal’s ActiFry model constantly tops ‘best of’ lists, and the other models on offer from them are also really high quality.

Most small kitchen appliance manufacturers have an air fryer on the market, including Philips and Breville. Tower and Power are two other brands which have a good selection to choose from.